Not only is the weekend market ritual an absolute pleasure, getting you up and out of doors and interacting with your local community, it’s much better for the planet. Buying local means you’re supporting your local farmers and neighbourhood artists and there is less packaging, lower food miles and less use of fossil fuels. It’s a win-win.
And the Inner West, with its vibrant, eclectic community, is one of the best for local markets.
For upcycled treasures
Glebe Markets is one of the most well known Inner West markets, loved for its diversity and bohemian character. Open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm, it is the perfect place to soak up an offbeat, free-spirited atmosphere while you browse unique one-off art pieces and beautiful upcycled fashion, books and treasures. From midday, grab a bite from the food stall and a seat on the lawn and enjoy an afternoon of live music.
Glebe Public School, Corner of Derby Place and Glebe Point Road, Glebe – Saturday 10am to 4pm
Marrickville Organic Markets
For certified organic and fresh produce
For organic produce, there is no place better than Marrickville Organic Markets. An Inner West institution, loyal Sydneysiders make the Sunday pilgrimage to the markets from all over the city. You can find almost anything here – from vintage goods, to seasonal fruit and veg, to fresh honey and seafood. Located at the Addison Road Community Centre, there is plenty of lawn to have a picnic after you’ve grabbed exactly what you’re craving from one of the many market stalls.
Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville – Sunday 9am to 3pm
For artisan goods
The Balmain Market has been held in the St Andrews Church grounds since 1977, with many of its stallholders in residence for just as long. Its well-established status gives it a real village feeling, almost a community within a community. This is the place to go for artisan goods, such as homewares, arts and crafts and even homemade chutneys. Don’t miss the delicious food stalls dotted throughout the hall either, or the sketches by local artist Ted Lou, whose work focuses on local, Inner West landmarks.
St Andrews Congregational Church, Corner of Darling Street and Curtis Road, Balmain – 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, 9am to 3pm
Rozelle Collectors Markets
For pre-loved goods
If you’re on the look out for the perfect second-hand leather jacket, the Rozelle Collectors Markets is the place to do it. Be prepared to rummage, the markets are overflowing with pre-loved and antique items for the serious treasure hunter. The markets are open all weekend, but Saturday is the best if you’re after pre-owned clothing at a great bargain. Grab a snack from the handful of artisan providores (fresh juices and dim sum) and check out the local entertainers on hand.
Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street, Sydney – Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 3pm
Orange Grove Market
For the foodies
Orange Grove Market is the market for food-loving Sydneysiders. There’s a smorgasbord of choice – from organic and fresh fruit and veg to free-range steaks, fragrant sausages and spicy chutneys. And of course, the ever-popular egg and bacon rolls are a must try, though you’ll have to brave the queue. If you can pry yourself away from the food stalls, there is also handmade clothing, second-hand records and handcrafted jewellery to tempt you. All in all, one of the most delicious markets in the Inner West.
Orange Grove Public School, Corner of Perry Street and Balmain Road, Lilyfield – Saturday, 8am to 1pm